Those Dog Days of Summer

Dogs in the garden

Is that a squirrel? In this heat??

Ah the dog days of summer. That stretch of sultry, humid weather that brings anything remotely strenuous to a standstill. Ask most people where the term comes from and you might get something about it being too hot for even a dog to move.  There’s a lot of truth to that, as my dogs can attest.

Dogs eating watermelonOutdoor time these days consists of short trots instead of runs, followed by a rest in the shade under the squash plants before finishing up with a plate of watermelon on the deck.

Yeah… I know, it’s a hard life.

It turns out the phrase “dog days of summer” has some interesting history. Ancient celestial observers noted that Sirius, also known as the Dog Star, appeared in the Eastern skies just before dawn during late summer. Mythology has it that those observers attributed the star’s appearance, rising right before the burning August sun, as responsible for the undue heat and humidity that occurs with this time of year. Since Sirius is about 7000 degrees hotter than our own sun, there might be some truth to the myth!

If you’re interested in seeing Sirius, you won’t have any Canis Majorproblem finding it. Go outside just before dawn on a clear early morning and look to the East for the brightest star in the sky at that time.  It might be bright white tinged with blue or flicker with colors, either way, you’ll know it when you see it.Orion If you know your constellations and want a truly spectacular show, find Orion’s belt (the three bright stars close together in the middle) and draw a straight line outward and down to Sirius.


On a more serious note, it IS hot out there. Be extra careful if you work outside and keep your animal’s comfort in mind as well.  Dogs get sunburned, heat stroke and suffer from exposure, just like you. Never leave a dog or a child in a car, even with the windows down. It only takes minutes for an irreversible tragedy to take place.

Alternatives to leaving your pet in the car

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Liliana Hart scores with Cade MacKenzie

Cade is a very good score indeed for all you readers looking for a new man to keep you company this weekend, delivered at high intensity by Liliana Hart.

SmokeCade: A MacKenzie Family Novel” was my introduction to the fast and furious world of the MacKenzie brothers. I like that kind of world, it grabs you from page one and refuses to let go, holding your attention like a five alarm fire. And of course where there’s fire, there’s smoke and in this story it’s the smokin’ hot sex. You can find that between the sheets, on the kitchen table, outside… well you get the idea. Be forewarned, this read is about as far from PC as you can get. This very bad boy hero knows exactly what he wants and how he wants it, and he’s not shy about saying it.

Sure, it’s summer and the weather man says it’s going to be a hot weekend, but what’s the harm in kicking it up a few more degrees? You can always fill your bathtub with ice and slip into that.  See how I’m thinking after reading this? Oh and if you really need any more incentive, the e-book is free. Yes, I said free. Head on over to your book dealer of choice right now and grab a copy! It’s a great way to meet Liliana and if you enjoy Cade, there’s a slew of MacKenzie men for you to sample at your leisure, along with plenty of other reads to occupy your nights and weekends. I might even have a few tucked away on my Kindle.

Hey, those weekends come around every five damn days, a girl’s gotta keep herself entertained!



Cade MacKenzie is prepared to give his life to destroy the cartel that killed his lover, but the only way to draw them out is to present them with the perfect bait.

Bayleigh Scott has no idea who her new neighbor is, only that her body is drawn to him in ways she can’t explain, and the danger that surrounds him isn’t the deterrent she knows it should be.

More than fireworks explode between Cade and Bayleigh when she discovers the real reason he relentlessly pursued her, but by then it’s too late, because she’s already been drawn into a deadly game of desire, deception and revenge.

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